RU celebrates Women’s History Month

By Jenna Wickenhoffer

March is Women's History Month, and to commemorate, the Radford University Women's Studies Program and Women's Studies Club have come together to promote a calendar full of events celebrating women in history. The commemoration begins Friday, March 2, with the Opening Reception in the Flossie Martin Gallery from 3 p.m.-4 p.m., which includes an address by President Penelope Kyle.

The celebration then continues with a wealth of ongoing activities, some lasting the duration of March, and other more specialized planned events.

"I am glad that RU is promoting Women's History Month, as it was founded as a woman's teaching college," said RU junior Felicia Goad.

Ongoing events include the Her-Story celebration and The Circle of Life/ Intergenerational Dialogue. The Her-Story Celebration is a listserv established by English professor Dr. Erin Webster Garrett in care of the Women's Studies Committee. The listserv sends subscribers essays, character sketches, poems and/or art for each day in March. The works are contributions of other listserv members and focus on the topics of women and womanhood. Those interested can check out the Web site at

The Circle of Life/ Intergenerational Dialogue is a moderated discussion involving students and faculty about "the joys, issues, and challenges" facing women during phases of life. The discussions take place one afternoon each week for three weeks during March and are open to all members of the RU community. Each dialogue centers around a different age group; Tuesday March 6 (50s and up inner circle), Thursday, March 8 (30s-and -40s inner circle), and Thursday, March 22 (20s-and-under inner circle). All meetings take place in the Radford Room of the McConnell Library from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

In addition, there are three featured events for RU's celebration of Women's History month.

Written and performed by Lucinda McDermott, O'Keeffe! is a one-women drama highlighting the life of American modern artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Performances are free and open to the public and take place March 2 and 3 in the Porterfield Hall Studio Theater.

Professors Myrtle T. Bell and Opal Moore are both featured keynote speakers during this month's events. Bell will deliver a scholarly lecture on the importance of embracing diversity from a business perspective as well as how her own experiences as an African-American woman have shaped her worldly views. Bell is the author of Diversity in Organizations, a Ph.D. recipient from the University of Texas, as well as a 12-year employee of IBM. She currently works as associate professor and the Chair of the Gender and Diversity Organizations Division of the Academy of Management at University of Texas, Arlington. Her lecture will take place Thursday, March 22 in the Hurlburt Auditorium from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Moore is a professor and poet, Fulbright scholar and MFA recipient from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her teaching credentials include positions at Virginia State University, Hollins University, Spelman College and RU. Her reading presentation, titled, "The Delfina Project: Memory as Collaboration" will be delivered at the final reception for Women's History Month, 4 p.m. Friday March 30, in the Hurlburt Auditorium.

Other events are scheduled frequently throughout the month, including the "Guided Gestures" art exhibit in the Flossie Martin Gallery until March 10. "The Struggles and Achievements of Women in Architecture: The International Archive of Women in Architecture" lead by Professors Milka Bliznakova, Donna Dunay, and Kay Edge of the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design will be held March 5, from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. in Heth Lounge A. "What the Other Half Saw: Three Women in Western Philosophy" a lecture given by Dr. Stephanie Ingram of the Radford Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will take place Thursday, March 29, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. in Heth Lounge B.

"I think Women's History Month is good thing," said RU sophomore Justin Harrison. "It's a reflection of women's continued work toward equality in today's society."

Date Posted:   02/28/2007   |   Time Posted:   13:09:25 | Views: 149425

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